This Book Will Save Your Life Paperback – 29 Jan 2007
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Short listed for the Richard & Judy Book Club 2007. An uplifting story set in Los Angeles about one man's effort to bring himself back to life. Richard is a modern day everyman; a middle-aged divorcee trading stocks out of his home. He has done such a good job getting his life under control that he needs no one. His life has slowed almost to a standstill, until two incidents conspire to hurl him back into the world. One day he wakes up with a knotty cramp in his back, which rapidly develops into an all-consuming pain. At the same time a wide sinkhole appears outside his living room window, threatening the foundations of his house. A vivid novel about compassion and transformation, "This Book Will Save Your Life" reveals what can happen if you are willing to open up to the world around you. Since her debut in 1989, A.M. Homes has been among the boldest and most original voices of her generation, acclaimed for the psychological accuracy and unnerving emotional intensity of her storytelling. Her keen ability to explore how extraordinary the ordinary can be is at the heart of her touching and funny new novel, her first in six years.See all Product description
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This book is like that but twenty years down the line. Money isn't everything, neither is your job. It's like the opposite of Fight Club , you don't want to blow s*** up and overthrow the world. You want to make a positive change to the world you want to be the you you didn't know you wanted to be.
This book certainly hasn't saved my life, but I really enjoyed it and particularly liked the writing style and the way the characters were written. The story flows well as more and more characters are introduced (or re-introduced) into Richard's life, and the misfortunes that happen to him inter-lock well with the characters. The title of the book is no doubt intended to encourage you to look at your life and the people in it and to help them where you can, and there are some really good messages that can be taken from the book.
I have a few qualms with the book, but most of them are down to personal preference and opinion (such as the way I feel homosexuality is represented and the fact that I'm personally not fond on how bluntly the book ended), but this would not stop me recommending the book to anyone interested in light-hearted fiction.
But, I find plots about conveniently rich people changing their life, frustrating and annoying. The only thing that sets this book apart, in my opinion, is that it mentioned things that weren't later relevent to the story.
The story flows along quite nicely but in heinz site I wouldn't have wasted my money.